Corinth Holders played right with the favored Trojans (24-4) for five innings, went ahead in the sixth, only to see that lead slip away in the bottom half of the inning. Then, down to its last out, Alec Seaton, the ninth batter in the Pirate order, doubled to force extra innings.
It took nine innings and a gutty effort from a veteran playoff squad to do it, but Corinth Holders’ remarkable run through the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A softball playoffs ended Saturday night.
After finally tying the score midway through the second half and causing more than a few anxious moments for Fike defenders not long after, Corinth Holders had the look of a team poised to move on and continue its quest for a N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A girls soccer title.
The result leaves Corinth Holders, seeded 19th in the East field, back in the same do-or-situation it was in for the first four rounds of the playoffs: one loss from elimination. Game 2 is set for Friday at Corinth Holders High.
The Wilkes County Schools Board of Education is joining Johnston County Schools in a pair of lawsuits against the State Retirement System, after it, too, was given a bill to help pay for the pension of its newly-retired school superintendent, which also exceeded a recently created state cap.
A Memorial Day observance is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the Johnston County Courthouse on Market Street in downtown Smithfield. Sherill Stevens of Selma, a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, will speak.